Friday, February 27, 2009


My latest project was for The Eagle radio station in Gaylord, Michigan. I did a series of their on-air personalities for their website and other promotional materials. There were a total of six guys and I did them digitally. Here are a few...

As usual, feel free to let me know what you think!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Grandfather and Mother portrait

My grandfather, Grandpa Madden, turned 90 on Friday! (Congrats Old-timer!) For his gift, I drew a portrait of him and his only child, my mother. It was done in pencil with watercolor as a duotone.

Duotones were common in the age of black and white photos-- a b/w photo or print was tinted with a color such as blue or sepia to enhance the photo or artwork. I chose a blue color for the drawing to give it a dreamy quality and because they both have beautiful baby blues. The drawing shows them together, but was taken from two different photos-- my mother's graduation photo and Grandpa's wedding photo.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Digital painting

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I loved Anna Faris in Housebunny! I'd never seen her in other movies, but before I even saw the movie, I saw a picture of her and was inspired to try to capture her in paint. This is a digital painting done with Painter Classic.

I saved copies of the file as it progressed, so I can post the progression later.

I can do paintings like this one in a digital format in about two days from start to finish.

What do you think?

all artwork ©2009 by Steve Campbell. Reproduction without permission is prohibited... and THEFT!

Easter Sale!


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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Current project: Lozier

Yesterday I completed another caricature commission. This one is for one of my favorite clients, Lozier of Omaha Nebraska. This is a company that makes display products for stores (shelves, etc) but originally started as one of the first car manufacturers in the early 1900's.

This caricature was for a retiring member of the board and features the original 1909 Lozier car. Because there was no specific background requested, I enjoyed playing with the colors, mixing blues and yellows to create a harmony between blue/yellow/green.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Latest art

Here's the most recent caricature commission. This was for a 50th birthday for two friends who are going to Mexico to celebrate.

This is a "digital color" drawing. I use Painter Classic to paint digitally.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Weekend gig report

What a great weekend... it was great to work three days in a row and get the rush of being able to entertain and get out of the office. Usually when I haven't drawn for awhile I'm a bit rusty, but for some reason I was "in the zone" all weekend and drew some very good drawings.

The party on Friday was especially good. I don't know if it was having a good pen, the artistic atmosphere of being at the McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany or if the people were just well-suited for my style, but I thought I drew some good drawings that night and everyone was very pleased.

On Saturday, I drew full body caricatures for a group of teenage girls, and it's always fun to test my creativity and see if I can come up with fun gags to illustrate the activities that they say they want me to draw. Three of the girls asked to be mermaids... it's funny because mermaids must be popular again since Disney re-released The Little Mermaid. I haven't been asked to draw a mermaid in more than a decade!

I usually don't work on Sundays, but I enjoyed the Super Bowl party, especially because everyone at Rooster's was really nice to me (and fed me!) and because I was again drawing well. I think the highlight of the day was when I drew two of the waitresses who are pregnant, and drew them bumping bellies and making comments like "look out! watch where you're going!" and the like. They loved it and many of their co-workers told me how funny they thought it was. I also got a free United Way "Live United" T-shirt just like the one shown in the drawing I posted last month! How cool is that!?

Overall a fun weekend and, not insignificantly, a profitable one, too! I'm hoping that these jobs will lead to some more soon because my schedule is pretty much wide open for the next few months, and I'd hate to think that such good drawing won't lead to more opportunities. I NEED THE WORK! haha (I hope that didn't sound too desperate!)